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c. 1972 Bangladesh. Bangladeshi resettlement camp

Photo credit: UNHCR, T Page
Source: WHO 1988, Smallpox and Its Eradication

c. 1972

Bangladeshis infected with smallpox while living as civil-war refugees in India returned to their newly independent country, which was only recently free of smallpox. Many lived in resettlement camps until their houses could be rebuilt. Smallpox spread widely and rapidly through the camps and across the country.